What were the specific goals of this creative economy project? Describe the community development challenge or opportunity that your project was designed to address:
The Worcester Popup is a creative community development initiative that pulls resources from our partners, themselves leaders in the field of creative community development to support and guide local creatives, entrepreneurs, and educational institutions interested in becoming future community leaders.
Our Goals are to provide data based quantifiable support and guidance to members of our community for the purpose of creative economic growth. Our space serves as accessible, professional incubator space and we aim to incorporate that into the developing stages of community growth.
Our mentorship focuses on several key skillsets
• Artist management
• Social Media Best Practices
• Targeting Demographic
• Networking Skills
• Financial and Time Budgeting
If the goals change over time, please describe how:
The goals have remained the same, what has developed over time is the approach we take.
Who was involved in this project and what did they do? (be sure to include the partners from outside of the creative sector and how local voices were included):
We are a program of the Worcester Cultural coalition in partnership with the Hanover Theater and supported by funding from the Barr Foundation. While we do have other funders that make us possible, the core partners are singled out for their collaborative input, amassed experience, community commitment, and funding importance.
How does this project relate to a larger community development strategy?
We are in line with the larger city wide mission to support a growing creative community by educating our clients on how to plan with a city that has the creative economy in mind.
What projects or places, if any, inspired your approach to this creative economy project?
Projects like Pow Wow Worcester, events like the many pop up's organized by local creatives, our own experience as a traditional pop up space, and the many creative entrepreneurs that have been asking the City of Worcester for more incubator space. Eventually we become increasingly aware of a need in the community that was not being met. That need was for sustainable long term incubator space.